May 16, 2018
Tart cherry volume regulation proposed for 2017–18 crop

A proposed volume regulation for U.S. tart cherries produced during 2017-18 crop year would restrict the way the cherries can be marketed.

The USDA’s proposed rule would be under the marketing order for tart cherries grown in seven tart cherry producing states.

The proposed volume regulation would:

  • Establish a free percentage of 69 percent and restricted percentage of 31 percent for the current crop year under the marketing order regulating the handling of tart cherries grown in the states of Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.
  • Establish the volume of tart cherries handlers can place into the market.

Free percentage cherries could be used to supply any available market, including domestic markets for pie filling, water packed and frozen tart cherries. Restricted-percentage cherries must be either diverted in-orchard or at the processing plant, sold as exports, used for new product development used for new market development or held in reserve. Cherries held in reserve would not be counted as free inventory and would remain in reserve until there is an industry request for a release.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is issuing this proposed rule based on a recommendation from the Cherry Industry Administrative Board. The proposed rule for this action was published in the Federal Register May 11, 2018. Written comments must be received by June 11, 2018.

Post comments concerning the proposed change at or mail them to Docket Clerk, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Specialty Crops Program, Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, STOP 0237, Washington, DC 20250-0237; or fax them to (202) 720-8938.

All comments to this proposed rule submitted by the deadline will be made available for public review and considered before any reporting requirements or information collection are finalized.

More information about the marketing order is available on AMS’ 930 Tart Cherries page.

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